Survey of Human Nutrition [CRN 29396]

Discipline: Food Science and Human Nutrition
Instructor: Wdowik
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1230
End: 1350
Field Work: Day 2 Hong Kong | February 5, 2018 | China
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course provides insight into nutrition principles and topics, their application to personal health, and their interactions with societal and environmental issues. Students learn concepts related to digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients; carbohydrates, protein and fat; energy balance; vitamins and minerals; and water and fluid needs. We then delve into the relationship between nutrition and disease states such as cancer and diabetes; obesity and malnutrition around the world; the basis behind major health and diet recommendations; and the connection between nutrition, fitness and wellness outcomes. The influence of social norms, physical environments, psychological factors, religion, family, and traditions will be highlighted from a multicultural perspective. Furthermore, critical thinking skills will be enhanced with a personal diet evaluation project coupled with a cross-cultural comparison of the countries we visit.

Field Work

Country: China
Day: 2 Hong Kong
Date: February 5, 2018

Hong Kong’s food experiences reveal much about the city's history and culture, while martial arts reflect its balance. The class will begin the day with a guided tour of a local tea house discussing the traditions and customs of Chinese tea while exploring the role of teas and herbs in health and Traditional Chinese Medicine. This will be followed by a tour of a fresh food or fish market to observe foods and ingredients available to local citizens. After building up an appetite, students will lunch at a traditional Dim Sum restaurant (or participate in a cooking class) followed by a lesson on the ancient art of Tai Chi with a Tai Chi master.

Learning objectives:

  1. Gain insight into food and eating customs of Hong Kong
  2. Learn historical context of, and participate in, a tai chi class
  3. Participate in a presentation/workshop on Traditional Chinese Medicine practices